- an enclosure, cage, or pen, usually with bars or wires, in which fowls or other small animals are confined for fattening, transportation, etc.
- any small or narrow place.
- Slang. a prison.
- Sometimes Facetious. a cooperative, especially the cooperative bookstore of a college or university.
- to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).
- Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.
- fly the coop, Informal. to run off; depart abruptly; escape: We stopped to see my sister, but she'd flown the coop.
Origin of coop
- a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
- to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.
- (of a game, especially a video game) cooperative, requiring players to work together to achieve a common objective:co-op play modes;co-op multiplayer games.
- go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.
Origin of co-op
Related Words for coophutch, corral, mew, pound, cage, enclosure, birdcage, intern, keep, pen, trap, lock-up, detain, enclose, impound, imprison, incarcerate
Examples from the Web for coop
Contemporary Examples of coop
So is the literal “turkey point of view” offered by the GoPros attached to the turkeys as they run around the coop.A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving
The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
This renewable (I mean renewed every single damn day) bio-energy (otherwise known as fetid rot) helps keep the coop warm.
I had to chase the chickens back into the coop and close the door so I could finish with the Augean Stables of the chicken pen.
Back at the Coop, food is presented on heavy cardboard plates.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
Since Goreski has flown the coop, Zoe has launched something of a smear campaign.Brad Goreski: On Styling, His New Show & Leaving Rachel Zoe
December 20, 2011
Historical Examples of coop
Shall I go and tell the goose girl to hunt the turkeys into the coop first?Funny Big Socks
Sarah L. Barrow
They put us in the coop for a couple of days, and then the consul got us out.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
Then they coop us up at home and expect us to let them run the world to suit themselves.In a Little Town
He'd started at the Coop with a deck of cards; now he was returning with a club.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
And when she subsequently flew the coop—dash this cold of mine!The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- a cage or small enclosure for poultry or small animals
- a small narrow place of confinement, esp a prison cell
- a wicker basket for catching fish
- (tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area
Word Origin for coop
- a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society
- a cooperative
"small cage for poultry," mid-14c., from Old English cype, cypa "basket, cask," akin to Middle Dutch kupe, Swedish kupa, and all probably from Latin cupa "tub, cask," from PIE *keup- "hollow mound" (see cup (n.)).
1560s, from coop (n.). Related: Cooped; cooping.
1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).
see fly the coop.